Moisture meter, is it broken?

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Forum topic by RyRat posted 09-15-2014 07:55 PM 1036 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2014 07:55 PM

I picked up a meter today to test some maple I bought last week. I’m not getting any results. I tried it on a few boards around the shop. It works on some and not on others. The depth of the prongs doesn’t seem to be the cause.
Am I doing it wrong? Or is this thing broken?

-- If you are flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. -Mitch Hedberg

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 08:45 PM

Take on of those pieces of wood and cut it back it a little; plane it, rip it, or just cut the end off. Try a reading on the freshly exposed wood and see if that makes any difference. Wood that has been sitting can be very dry on the surface. Just a thought….oh, and make sure it’s switched to “wood” instead of “building materials”.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 08:53 PM

Have the same meter and never had a problem with yet other than forgetting how to turn it on and off. No idea what did with the instruction booklet. I just press buttons until get the beep take a reading and let it turn itself off.

Might ask for an exchange if cannot get it to work, mine as works great inspite of me!

-- Bill

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 09:01 PM

Some meters do not read below 6%

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#4 posted 09-16-2014 02:11 AM

It doesn’t read below 5%, that may be it. I was just a little confused since the maple I bought looked like it had a lot of moisture in it when I was cutting it on the bandsaw. But things dry out fast here in the desert.

It will occasionally flicker a reading in some sticks (maple and walnut), while others will read with no problem (softer stuff like pine and cedar).

-- If you are flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. -Mitch Hedberg

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